Juggling the responsibilities of being both a parent and a student can be challenging. SUNY Broome has an array of services and staff here to support you.
If you need academic support, please contact the Learning Assistance Department. For personal counseling, please contact Counseling Services. If you aren’t sure who to contact, you can always use the Request Help feature in your Starfish account to get connected to the correct resource. Need help accessing your Starfish account or guidance on navigating it? View the “Student Getting Started Guide (pdf)”; page 9 provides instructions on the Request Help feature.
SUNY Broome is committed to your career development. Staff is available to support students and alumni with a wide range of career services, including career exploration and planning, transfer planning, and career readiness & professional skill development. For more details on how to schedule and who to schedule with, visit the Center for Career Development’s website.
SUNY Broome also has a food pantry and clothing closet, The Broome Closet, located on campus that is open to all students, Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Students are encouraged to stop by to pick up any necessary grocery items or clothing at no cost. No appointment necessary, simply walk in and take whatever you may need. The Broome Closet is run by Student Assembly and Student Activities and is located in the Applied Technology Building, Room AT 120. If you have any questions, you can contact Student Activities at email@example.com or phone at +1 (607) 778-5540 or +1 (607) 778-5380. If further assistance is needed, gift cards are available to students by request. Requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org The pantry is anonymous. You will not be asked to give your name unless requesting a gift card.
Last but not least, the BCC Foundation has student scholarships available each year! The BCC Foundation’s scholarship program awards students over $1,000,000 annually through merit based scholarships and Financial Aid Grants-in-Aid program. Students can seamlessly apply for scholarships through one online application accessible through PC, mobile or tablet device. The scholarship system automatically applies students to scholarships they qualify for through set criteria.
SUNY Broome has two lactation and personal care rooms on campus. The rooms are located in Calice Advanced Manufacturing Center Room 215 and Natural Science Room 207B, and provide privacy for nursing and related personal care needs. Users should hang the provided “ROOM IN USE” sign outside the door, and remove and return the sign after use.
Local school districts
- The Broome County area has many great public schools. Classes run Monday through Friday, September through June, following the district calendar.
- Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) operates as an extension of the local school districts, serving 15 component school districts in Broome and Tioga counties.
- Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a free option for 4-year-old children that is offered by many local schools. The Kindergarten entrance age (birthday cutoff date) is December 1.
For children who are 5 years old and younger, there are several options for daycare in the area. Two helpful resources are the Family Enrichment Network Child Care Referral and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
- If you are a parent of a child 6 weeks to 5 years old, SUNY Broome may have an answer to your childcare concerns. The BC Center, located on campus, is a licensed childcare center for children of SUNY Broome students and staff. The Center provides flexible scheduling: morning, afternoon, or full day, according to the academic year.
- Many parents utilize Head Start and UPK programs offered at the Family Enrichment Network in Johnson City.
- Other useful programs include Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center (ECC), The Discovery Center, Family & Children’s Society, Boys & Girls Club (Binghamton), YWCA/YMCA, or Mom’s House.
- Go for a hike at SUNY Broome. The SUNY Broome’s Natural Areas span 125 acres, and feature 3.8 miles of well-marked trails that cross a variety of terrain. See below for a picture of the newly added suspension bridge. You can access the trails at three community entrances: one near the top of Sunrise Drive in Dickinson, another through the dirt parking lot along Lt. Van Winkle Drive, and the third is behind the BAGSAI softball field. See map below.
- Take advantage of SUNY Broome’s Ice Center offerings with your family, including lunch time and open skate opportunities.
- Enjoy one of the many public parks in Broome County. Go for a hike, swim, paddle a kayak, have a picnic, or play around on the playground. In the winter, there are options for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
- The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is an interactive children’s museum. It features 25 plus themed play-and-learn exhibits and an outdoor story garden.
- From mid-April through mid-October, visit the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. The zoo was opened in 1875, making it the 5th oldest zoo in the nation. Visit the mammals, birds, and reptiles that call Ross Park home.
- Animal Adventure, located in Harpursville, NY will open for their holiday programming November 14-December 29 (Closed Thanksgiving) from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. For general hours and pricing, check the Animal Adventure Park website.
- Kidz Kingdom is a locally owned children’s activity center with jungle gym, bounce house, and toddler area. It’s a great spot for birthday parties and close to the SUNY Broome campus!
- TR Bounce House has open hours for children of all ages to play. For hours and pricing, check the TR Bounce House webpage.
- Check out Binghamton’s Family Fun website for even more information on child friendly activities in the community.
Other useful resources for parents:
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Pride and Joy Families
- Catholic Charities of Broome County
- Broome County Department of Social Services
- Four County Library System
- Summer Meal Sites
- Mothers and Babies
- United Way 2-1-1
- Once Upon a Child
- Broome County Parent Guide